During the last 3 weeks of April of 1997, I learned that USA Network had another Sunday Night Heat before WWE's version. It was a 3 hour block of Pacific Blue, Silk Stalkings, & The Big Easy. I also learned that Tiger Ali Singh sucked, as did Rockabilly. Mankind liked to use a lot of fire, like blowtorces. And Lenny Lane debuted as Lane Carlson.
glacier eventually sells his gimmick to kaz hayashi in a weird angle. so i guess he had to get it back to sell it.
i guess i knew this at the time, but i'm being reminded by the network that tajiri was one of the funniest wrestlers ever. there's something about having a small shirtless guy who doesn't speak the language that just leads itself to comedy. i.e. smackdown july 5, 2001, vince mcmahon is with austin, angle, regal, tajiri and debra. he has been served divorce papers and is bummed out so he's hitting the strip club. he makes a note of it that only tajiri is invited to come with him. this is also the episode where they wear funny hats. say what you will about heel austin, but he was probably the funniest character ever in the main event during this period. maybe rock or jericho had funnier jokes now and again, but full segments are solely intended for comedy and they hit on ever level.
the next episode of smackdown, i realize/remember that regal can speak japanese, or at least understand tajiri, which is another hilarious development. tajiri asks to do color commentary and regal notes he's at least better than tazz, and he's grateful tajiri chose to stay with wwf instead of joining ecw. so the commentary team is jr, michael cole and tajiri, speaking mostly japanese. he tells jr his english is "so-so" (and jr brilliantly responds "me too") and then proceeds to say jr cliches in broken english at random. "slob-knocka" and "uh-biz-nizz is pick-ing up" are repeated a few times and i laugh every time. unfortunately tazz beats him up after he only calls one match.
also i learned intercontinental champion albert lasted longer than one week. i think its funny kid rock and uncle kracker apparently didn't care that edge called the x factor song horrible and mocked it very severely (and, quite frankly, accurately).
it also occurs to me watching this that perry saturn 100% completely did the eugene "mentally challenged" gimmick years before eugene and no one really seemed to mind (that i know of). except, of course, saturn, if you listen to shoot interviews where he said he hated the whole thing. but it is really over, and i admit i laughed pretty hard when he jumped in the ring and did the worm against his own partner malenko after stealing scotty 2 hotty's hat. and who doesn't fondly remember "get the muffins!!" or "doggies eat applesauce!" i guess falling in love with a mop is a bit much, but his general mentally challenged character was far better than eugene's main event one.
Post by worseforwear on Sept 20, 2015 16:28:49 GMT -5
The fun part about the first few Halloween Havoc events is that the production values are super rough. The opening video graphic for Havoc 89 looks like something from the Halloween special of a local access children's show.
Two thoughts involving Curtis Axel after having watched MITB 2013 & 2014 this weekend:
-From when to when did Curtis Axel start wearing those "ladies only" singlets while teaming with Ryback?
MITB 2014 to MITB 2014. There's no typo there.
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Post by FinalBeyond on Sept 21, 2015 14:14:16 GMT -5
So I've never watched Wrestlemania X7 before, and thought I'd give it a go, and liveblog a few of my thoughts:
- The stage setup is like the prototype of the modern day tron/minitron. If they did this stage today people would say they were lazy for going with something so similar to the norm.
- Pre-Invasion, Heyman somethings acts almost as more of a heel play-by-play than a colour commentator, and it's pretty interesting as a dynamic.
- JBL was doing the string-of-obscure-sports-references-motormouth routine long before he got behind a commentary desk. We were warned and we failed to stop it.
- Bull Buchanan's leaping clothesline at the start of the RTC match is awesome. I'd love to see someone like Harper doing it. Definitely a better flying big-man move than the suicide dive. I feel like I've done BB a disservice in retrospect based on how dull he was to play as in Smackdown 2, because boy did he look crisper than anyone else in that match.
- JR at the start of the Hardcore match: "For my money, this young man Kane may be the future!". Well, nearly 15 years later he's still getting involved in main events, so I guess you keep your money, JR.
- Oh, it's this PPV with the golf karts. So it was very nearly Local Men Ruin Wrestlemania.
- Test really was an amazing big man. His tilt a whirl moves were things of beauty particularly with someone like Eddie to sell them, especially the tilt-a-whirl into a powerbomb. Seamless.
- I guess it's not just now that the Dudleys didn't bother to match their camouflage. It's Wrestlebloodymania, guys. Coordinate!
- Loved the spot where Austin brings out the Million Dollar Dream because he needs to beat the Rock that badly, only for Rock to use the Bret Hart counter that beat Austin on more than one occasion.
- Not so much a fan of "McMahon gives him the chair, Rock kicks out, stunner, Rock kicks out, McMahon gives him the chair, then it ends". Overcomplicated a simple turn.
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2015 16:54:44 GMT -5 by FinalBeyond